Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bugatti BL4 Double Torch Lighter Review

Bugatti BL4 Double Torch Lighter
  Let's jump right to it, this is CLR's favorite Bugatti lighter reviewed to date. This is the Bugatti BL4 twin jet torch lighter. The BL4 is currently available in three variants, matte black BL400 (more glossy than matte), chrome satin BL410, and gunmetal satin BL420. 
  The Bugatti BL4 is an updated version of Bugatti's previous offerings, the B-1001 & B-2002. The BL400 seems to have the best overall finish than it's predecessors. Beyond the finish, the styling is more modern and less dated in appearance. The new design is to represent that of a Bugatti grill. On the matte black version, the red gives a great aesthetic pop to the lighter. Inside the case, the lighter seems unchanged compared to the B-1001 and B-2002. Still has the same complete pull out center to refill (seen here B-2002 Cartridge), nice sized thumb pusher, and a mirror on the underside of the lid. More importantly, the BL4 still maintains CLR's favorite aspect of this series of lighters. The dual jet torches are inverted just slightly. This creates one flawless, beautiful blue triangular windproof flame. 
Bugatti BL400 Double Flame
  In the top view down, you can just see the inverted jets belowIn this picture, the jet on the right is the most noticeable. You do not see this very often, most are even/parallel to each other. The windproof flame is very strong and the BL4 fired up for on every attempt without hesitation. 
  Bugatti kept the integrated 8mm cigar punch, located on the bottom of the lighter. I think 8mm is the sweet spot for punch cutters, not too big, nor to small. Plus, they always come in handy at some point, even if you do not prefer a punch cut. As noted in the past reviews, the lighter does not have a fuel gauge window and you do need to pull out the inside to refuel the butane. Granted, this is not to big of a pain, not ideal either. 
  The lighter is also presented in nice little gift box, opposed to the cheap throw away plastic packaging of it's predecessors. Unlike previous Bugatti's reviewed here on CLR, the MSRP is not terribly overinflated due to it being branded "Bugatti". The BL4 in any of the three finish has a suggested MSRP of $69.95 USD. The lighter can be found for a bit less, but currently holds pretty true to the list price compared to some other brands.

Best Price CLR found here: Bugatti BL400

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
9 - Flame
7 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6.5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.8

FIRE IT UP Results
20 lighting attempts, 20 successful fire ups.
Pros - killer flame, new design, integrated cigar punch
Consideration - must remove inside to refuel, no fuel gauge window

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Prometheus Z Lighter Review

Prometheus Z Torch Lighter
Prometheus Z Torch Lighter
  Prometheus lighters are named after the Greek God of Fire, very appropriate. This the Prometheus Z 02 is a single torch lighter, shown here in black matte and chrome. To date, this is the third Prometheus to be reviewed on CLR and my least favorite of the three. 
  Lets start with some of the positives aspects of the Z series. I have always been a big fan of heftier lighters. Generally, I find them more durable in the long run. That said, there are lots of people who prefer a more light weight lighter in their pocket. The Prometheus Z is mainly constructed with a durable plastic body, creating a light weight lighter. I found the lighter to have more of a shorter stature and was a comfortable fit in my hand. 
Prometheus Z Single Jet Torch
Prometheus Z Single Jet Torch
  The Z has a single action thumb pusher for quick lighting. This is hands a down CLR favorite feature for lighters. Unfortunately, the Z is poorly executed. It is single action, in that the pusher flips the lid off to the side and the single jet torch is ignited. Sadly, the lid does not automatically slide/flip back once you are done toasting up your stogie.
  The wind resistant flame is a strong blue flame and fired up very consistently. A good sized plastic fuel adjustment knob located on the bottom of the Z is easy to operate with two fingers. There is a good sized fuel tank, but no fuel gauge window....Ughhhh! The Prometheus Z is also lacking a cigar punch. For a lighter that has a suggested MSRP of 49.95, CLR finds the price hard to justify.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
7 - Aesthetics
6 - Finish/Construction
7.5 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 6.7

FIRE IT UP Results
20 back to back lighting attempts, 20 successful fire ups.
Pros - comfortable, light (if you like light lighters)
Consideration - lots of plastic, price point, no fuel gauge window

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Black Ops Bravo Blackout Review

Black Ops Bravo Blackout
Black Ops Bravo Blackout Single Torch Lighter
  The Black-Ops Bravo Blackout is an attractive single torch lighter. I have not seen any other lighter that looks similar to this one, nice change of pace. The MSRP seems to be a bit all over the place, from $31-$55 in my searches. Rather odd, moving on...
  One of the better constructed Black-Ops CLR has handled. The Bravo has a metal body, with some plastic components on the bottom of the lighter lighter. The Bravo is straight forward with minimal "frills". The lighter has a smooth single thumb action. It slides back to fire up the single jet torch. The flame is strong and wind resistant as to be expected. 
  There is a nice oversized plastic fuel adjustment knob in the standard location. I tested two of these lighters and both were somewhat touchy when it came to the fuel adjustment. Set too high or low and the Bravo struggled to fire up consistently. Once I found the sweet spot the lighter was much consistent.
  The Bravo Blackout is lacking a fuel gauge window and a cigar punch. If it had either one of these it would help justify the price a bit. Especially, considering the Bravo is only a single torch lighter. Beyond looks, CLR finds the lighter somewhat underwhelming.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
7 - Finish/Construction
7.5 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.3

FIRE IT UP Results:
20 back to back lighting attempts, 17 successful fire ups.
Pros - nice single action, aesthetics
Consideration - a rather basic single torch lighter for the price